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Autumnal - Stillwater Artisanal Ales


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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.34%

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This deep amber hued ale takes it’s inspiration from Germany while still nodding to the Belgian farmhouse tradition. The base is comprised of German two-row, wheat, Cara-Munich, and roasted barley. Generously hopped with a blend of Perle, Spalt, and Hallertau Mittelfrüh and fermented with a rustic Belgian farmhouse ale yeast. These elements together provide a melange of earth and fruit aromas backed with hints of caramel with a dry clean finish.

(Beer added by: timtim on 10-12-2010)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 8/26/13.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, toast, earth, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice caramel and spice presence all around.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 09:25:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of ONUMello


3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled 8/26/13 into a pint glass
A: Muddy brown color, almost no head
S: Brown sugar, ginger, maple, figs, dark malt
T: The ginger/nutmeg spicy notes are very much in the foreground. Everything else from the nose is there but the balance is skewed
M: Medium-bodied, pleasant spice and carbonation
O: Tasty and worth a try though I doubt this will make the regular lineup

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 06:05:36 | More by ONUMello
Photo of busternuggz


3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (it's in 4 packs now so awesome!) into a tulip glass. Bottled 8/26/13, still held up pretty well though.

Nice amber/brown color with a finely bubbled beige 1/2" head. Settles fairly quick but leaves a thin layer of head.

Interesting aromas of sweet ripe dates, anise, earth, and hay. I like it.

Dates, overripe banana, grass, and a little bit of pepper, slightly sweet. A bit of something like carob. Ends dry and earthy, slightly bitter with some grassy noble hop notes. Nicely balanced between caramel malt-y notes and earthy saison characteristics. Very drinkable, doesn't taste like 7.2% either.

Comes on medium bodied, ends light and clean. Moderate carbonation that works well with the flavors, but could use a little more. Probably lost a bit over 5 months.

As always from Stillwater, this is a beer with character. An interesting collision of a saison and German beer characteristics. Probably lost a little something being 5 months old, but still nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 00:41:48 | More by busternuggz
Photo of Monkeyknife


4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a dark caramel color with one finger of off-white head. Sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma of floral hops, tropical fruit, bubblegum, yeast, and some maltiness.

The taste matched the aroma. Floral hops, tropical fruit, yeast, and bubblegum with a light malt and banana finish.

Medium bodied and a bit sticky with a moderate carbonation.

A very interesting Saison from Stillwater. Darker in color and with a bit more malt but still retained the Saison personality. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 20:16:15 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Mill Valley Beerworks. Poured a dark hued brown, with good lacing of head, smell was earthy and hearty autumn fruits, bit of a mild roastiness. Taste was smooth and had a bit of the saison earthy character mixed with the darker malts used, an interesting interpretation and fusion, picked up a little yeast character and altogether it was a pleasant saison with a long lingering finish but not as complex a character as would have liked. I would have it again though for the beer was pretty flavourful and interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2013 17:50:19 | More by mick303
Photo of StonedTrippin


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

some of the best beer ive had from Stillwater yet. this red saison is entirely unique, perfect for fall. it has a deep brick red color, rusty almost, with a jovial white head over an inch tall in my new globe. dense looking, it needs light to show red. the nose and flavor are both excellent as well. both exude strong and interesting Belgian yeast, and the malt profile works so well with it. semisweet, hopped well enough too. harvest vibes abound with this, its earthy and dank. the mix of red malt and saison yeast needs to become a little more popular, such a lovely combination. for how many saison types Stillwater makes, they are all so different from one another, a testament to their competence and creativity. fuller body on this, makes it a slow sipper, and it only improves with temperature. a patient brew, to be contemplated and discussed. one of the most intriguing fall seasonals this year.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 01:56:14 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of minterro


3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bought from a liquor mart store in Denver, CO on Colorado ave.

Bottled on 08/26/13. Pour into a snifter. Paired with pizza.

A&S: Caramel tones with some mild yeasty funk. Unique but not as complex as I expected. Bright white head that doesn't hang around very long. Dark garnet-brown colored beer (much darker then I expected).

T&M: Very similar to the aroma (caramel and yeasty funk). The 'funk' consists of mostly spiciness. A touch of bubblegum as the bottom yeast is added. Only getting a little fruit in the finish. Pretty sharp carbonation bite, mediumish bodied.

Overall: nothing special, but still good and unique. Probably my least favorite I have tried from this company so far.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 03:02:07 | More by minterro
Photo of Libationguy


4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy copper color with amber hues. Off-white 2-finger head with medium+ retention. Carbonation is aggressive.

Toasted malt, coriander, semi-dried black fruits, orange peel, vanilla and nugat.

Dates, coriander, citrus zest, mocha, marzipan, nugat and lightly caramelized malt.

Medium+ bodied with a clean feel to the palate. Slight bitterness in the finish is helping to keep everything clean. Beer is over carbonated though.

Interesting beer with a lot of this happening. Would like to see an easing in the beers carbonation though.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 18:46:23 | More by Libationguy
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: A billowy gusher that pours a cola brown color capped by an impressive head that leaves plenty of lace (deduct .5 for the gushing)

Smell: Toasted brown bread, dried dark fruit, banana and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Toasted brown bread, dried dark fruit (figs and dates) and banana, up front, with a a bit of spice cake and vanilla in the middle; nicely blended through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Altbier meets Dubbel, I am having a hard time finding the Saison in all this; having said that, my bottle has been cellared for a year or two and has likely mellowed quite a bit; still, I like the result, even if it is quite different from what it tastes like in its youth

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 23:48:56 | More by brentk56
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle - $10.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a rustic brown body, opaque, with a hefty layering of off-white suds.

Smell: Sugar-encusted, toasted dark bread, embodying a scent of caramel just as a blitz of tartish, ripe fruits, citrus, banana, and piquant phenolic spices (along with a drip of alcohol) pop in.

Taste: Moderately toasted bread crusts and fresh grains, with a sweetness of dark caramel and brown sugar. Has a herbaceous streak running through it from the hops, along with a little bitterness boosted by the suds. Soon, the wheat opens up, as does a little tempered roastiness. A portion of sawdust mingled with white peppercorns. Splash of fresh lemon juice. Hint of pear, prune, and bruised banana. Drying, zestful, tartish finish with some sweetness remaining.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: A nice, respectable ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 22:36:27 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip. There is a dark brown body with very little clarity. There is a nice one inch medium tan head. There is some mild sticky lacing.

The aroma has some mildly fruity spice with some subtle maltyness.

The taste has a rich nearly roasty malt flavor. The slightly spicy yeast is placed mostly at the finish. This is just a little too malty for my liking.

This is medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Not bad but I prefer many of Stillwater's other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 02:50:53 | More by andrewinski1
Photo of Apostlebrews


3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dark amber in color. The carbonation is evident in the pour as it left about three-fingers worth of head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Fortunately, the head dissipates quickly.

Lots of spice, yeast, and sweet fruits on the nose. As the beer warmed, I could pick up some caramel in the aroma as well.

The taste is a Belgian bomb of sugar, spices, and dark fruits. Slightly sour. Grape, ginger, and figs are the dominant flavors up front before the Belgian funk shows up. This beer has a creamy caramel finish that took my by surprise. With all the carbonation that hits the tongue up front, I wasn't expecting such a creamy finish. The carbonation fades in the mouth and allows this beer to end with a smooth coating on the tongue.

At first, I wanted to write about how this is a decent beer, but sort of forgettable, and then I remembered what I learned about farmhouse ales. These are brewed to "get by" on the farm. They aren't meant to blow your socks off with a bag of tricks. They come from a time of simplicity and hard work. They're rustic. And when I think about that, I think Autumnal successfully embodies this style. It's not the best beer I've tasted, but it's satisfying. I think that's all it needs to be.

Check out more of my reviews at thebeerapostle.com


Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 04:27:19 | More by Apostlebrews
Photo of champ103


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Avenue Pub

A: Pours a dark orange/reddish hue. A two finger white head forms. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: A big bready malty aroma up front. Sweet malts and a honey like sweetness. Then a musky yeast. That is it, nice but pretty simple.
T: Muddled sweet malts. A honey sweetness, and yeast. Some fruity esters as well. I like it, but not a lot of definition with the malts.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. Crisp and smooth at the same time. Easy and enjoyable to drink. I can sip on a few without a problem.

Enjoyable and I like it. Though seems like a muddled Bière de Garde. Still worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2012 03:35:46 | More by champ103
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at the Barley Oak in Mandeville, LA. Poured into snifter, a ruby brown pecan color. No head but a thin lacing exists. Look is flat and ordinary. Smells of slight sweet caramel malts and some slight mild hop. Meh. Taste is really nice. Sweet caramel malts but slightly bitter and ever so slight funk/earth. It has a slightly dry finish and bitter on the tip of the tongue. Really nice unique maltier saison. I like this brew. Its mild but flavorfull at the same time.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2012 22:34:00 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of dgilks


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber colour with a tight, creamy, light tan head. Good lacing and nice head retention.

Fruity with lots of clove and cinnamon. The fruits are harder fruits. Not bad.

Classic saison flavours of fruit and spice. Slightly higher than normal malt character which is expected.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

A solid beer. Nothing amazing but it is an interesting take on the saison.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 13:36:12 | More by dgilks
Photo of russpowell


3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent caramel with 3+ fingers of khaki head. Slightly murky, great lacing, average head retention

S: Jammy, pears,the nose fades as this warms.

T: Pears, slight date flavors, some herbal hops & green appleskins up front. Leafy hops, more appleskins, some white grape & jammy notes as this warms, some boozeyness & maybe a touch of chardonnay. Finishes dry, fruitty, & a bit jammy

MF: Light bodied, slight carbonation

This didn't wow me as much as some other offerings from these guys. Not bad, glad I got to try it...

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 01:52:10 | More by russpowell
Photo of superspak


3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating(but I believe this was from last year). Pours slightly hazy red orange color with a small 1 finger off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Aromas of big grape, apple, apricot, pear, herbal, caramel, earth, floral, pepper, and yeast spices. Some pretty nice aromas with decent balance and complexity. Taste of grape, apple, pear, herbal, earth, floral, pepper, caramel, toffee, bread, and light yeast spices. Lingering notes of apple, pear, grape, caramel, toffee, bread, earth, floral, and light yeast spices on the finish for a short bit. Very malt forward over the spiciness; with a minimal amount of cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick and slightly prickly mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a pretty good saison. Not nearly as spicy as I was hoping for; but had some good flavor balance and complexity. Enjoyable stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 01:43:27 | More by superspak
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

explosive opening, beer went EVERYWHERE! after the cleanup I was able to enjoy the brew from my stillwater wine glass. brew was a deep purple with lively carbonation and a creamy head with streaky lacing.

zingy saison with a touch of ginger and dark fruit. kind of a cross between a BSDA and a saison.

flavor also carries a ton of grape. way more BSDA than saison.

creamy and tasty. a bit on the thinner side.

overall I dig it. this bottle has some time on it, but tastes fantastic. grape and dark fruit. lovin it, but this aint no saison un the traditional sense but a very good beer none the less. I would definitely have this again. much more enjoyable than I remembered.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 22:43:26 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of zeff80


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, burgundy color with a two-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass. Nice rings.

S - It smelled malty and slightly woody with some spices and floral notes.

T - Spicy up front, then in turns to bread crust, dark dried fruits, rich malt and toffee.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a pretty good dark saison. Stillwater does great saisons and this is no exception, even if I did drink it out of season.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 01:37:47 | More by zeff80
Photo of sulldaddy


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a cellar temp 750 ml bottle poured into a snifter.
Opening the cap the beer is a gusher but not too bad. the appearance takes a small hit for the spillage or gushing.
Beige foam oozes out of the bottle onto my desk.
Beer pours a rich deep mahogany with garnet tints on the edges and bottom of the glass when held up to the light.
Large creamy beige head billows up 3-4 cm on the pour but settles fairly rapidly to a sturdy edge layer and some wispy islands on the surface.
Aroma is sweet malt with toffee and molasses mixing with plums and black cherry. Some bready yeast notes and a bit of musty blanket buried in the nose.
First sip reveals an average body and fine prickly carbonation, smooth texture and an overall physically pleasing beer to drink.
Flavor is also malty with dark fruit and molasses moving to some bready yeast and finishing with red grape and a little bit of musty grass. Dries out a bit on the finish too.
No hints of alcohol anywhere and the beer is fairly complex.
Im actually getting a little smoke on the finish after working through most of the bottle, that is interesting and unexpected.
Overall a decent complex beer. NOt my favorite style but still an enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 04:32:18 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of SickGnar


3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Russet brown, rich amber when held to light, clear with many, many streams of fine bubbles rising to a billowy & creamy light khaki head. Great retention & really good lacing. Second pour yields a firm dose of cloudiness. More of a murky chestnut brown.

S: Caramelly sweetness & bread crust malts with a backbone that is nutty & biscuity. Herbal, leafy, & grassy hops in a laidback rather than forward manner. Good bit of dark fruit. Hint of peppery spice. A bit malty & sweet for stated style but fair strength and nicely pleasant.

T: Herbal, leafy, grassy, & almost vegetal hops fight it out in the open with lots of caramel sweetness. Again, hops are strong but relaxed. More flavor and character than bitter. Dark bread crust and toasty / nutty malts weigh in on the side of sweetness. Some yeasty phenols show up in the middle. Approaching the end some dark fruit emerges & then a bit of roast. Hint of peppery spice. Finish is roast & a touch of hoppy resin/earth.

M: A bit under medium body with carbonation quite strongly balanced yet very finely textured & soft feeling. Smooth but too well attenuated to be creamy. Flash of sweetness at the open and then it is drying from herbal & earthy notes with a touch of soft astringency and a bit of spice. Firm but not aggressive. Ghost hint of alcohol warmth way back in the throat.

D: A big Alt with a touch of Belgian flair more than a dark saison. Just not spicy & earthy enough. Could also be more dry / less sweet. Too malt focused for a saison. Not even a hint of tart and/or funk. A bit too oddly herbal. Still it is tasty and it really grows on you. Nice and interesting. 4/7 Sticke, 2/7 dubbel, 1/7 saison. Something like that.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 00:47:55 | More by SickGnar
Photo of mactrail


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruddy amber in the Affligem chalice. First glass was very foamy. Second has a nice dense head. Very sudsy mouthfeel. Beery and herbal smell, but not strong.

First sip is a sharp eye opener, but it mellows out. The yeasty Belgian flavors bloom into a pleasant bitterish, malty flavor. Some fruit. Only slightly sweet, but the tartness is restrained as well. Seems really well balanced. A shifting and complex stew of flavors-- tobacco, pear skins, persimmon-- but all very subtle. The bitterness seems to more from the yeast, but the lable cites three European hops. Not any floral hop scents to be found, according my taste buds. Certainly not bitter like so many other examples of the Saison style.

A lot of the pleasure of this is in the big, creamy mouthfeel along with the rambunctious flavors. If this is what "rustic" tastes like, it's really good. 750 ml bottle from Best Damn in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 06:30:59 | More by mactrail
Photo of runbirddrinkbeer


3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this from a 750 ml bottle. Pours hazy brown with four fingers of off white head. Some lacing.
S-fruit and caramel notes dominate. Some funk.
Taste-Malty sweetness with little hop bitterness present.
Mouthfeel is amazing smoothness with fair sustained carbonation.
Overall a decent interesting offering which paired well with Sauerkraut and spareribs. Love the Saisons, (especially the more yeasty sharp tasting offerings )Would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 00:41:54 | More by runbirddrinkbeer
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a lightly hazy orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, earthy and nice yeastiness, and a sweet fruitiness mixed in. In the taste, earthy, fruity, and even a small tartness. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry earthy and fruitiness in the aftertaste. Nice fruitiness, earthy, refreshing and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 15:10:28 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of elNopalero


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my Super Bowl beer.

It pours a cloudy auburn tan with thick foam topping. There’s a funky saison aroma, in a good way. It’s slightly musty with yeasty esters. Flavor is along similar lines, light estery yeast with a subtle roast around it and some hoppiness. I don’t pick up a signature ‘barnyard funk’ but maybe some hints of wet leaves, or maybe that’s the power of suggestion. Nice hoppy finish on the end.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 19:49:59 | More by elNopalero
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Autumnal from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
85 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.